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Places to Visit, Things to Do and Days Out in Highlands & Islands of Scotland

The Highlands and Islands present a back cloth of awesome mountains and majestic coastal scenery. The perfect example of this is Fort William, an excellent site for exploring Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain at 4406 feet with its name meaning ‘cloudy mountain’. The Scottish Islands are characterised by long sandy beaches, unpredictable weather, plentiful wildlife and scenery can offer either a peaceful holiday or an action packed adventure. Places to Visit in Highlands & Islands of Scotland Contrast Brasserie, Inverness and Attadale Gardens, Strathcarron are listed below.
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Contrast Brasserie is one of the finest restaurants in Inverness, with a reputation built on quality, value and fresh local produce. The restaurant enjoys a riverside setting, and there is free parking. Booking is recommended, as Contrast is very popular with both locals and visitors.
Attadale Gardens are set in 20 acres, with an inspirational water garden stretching the length of the drive, and colourful planting reflected in the black water. There is an impressive sculpture collection, and a large rhododendron collection, many over 100 years old. Other features include a Japanese garden, a fern garden with tender ferns in a geodesic dome, and an interesting DIY tearoom, with delicious home-baking and interesting historic photographs.
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Explore Brodie Castle's stunning Grounds A visit to Brodie Castle's stunning grounds is a must for any garden lovers. In spring, the grounds are carpeted with a unique and famous collection of daffodils, many cultivated at the turn of the 19th century. The National Trust for Scotland is working to identify, propagate and distribute them more widely. Explore the sheltered woodland walks with the abundant rhododendrons and stroll by the pond where you can observe the estate´s varied wild...
Explore the Beautiful Brodie Castle Brodie Castle sits majestically amid scenic grounds (in spring, the daffodils are just lovely here) in Forres, Moray. This 16th century Z-plan tower house was the home of the Brodie family, who were prominent in clan battles in the 15th and 16th centuries, until the late 20th century. Inside, its elegant rooms are stuffed to the gills with amazing fine French furniture, English, continental and Chinese porcelain and fabulous artwork including piec...
With views across the Dornoch Firth, Tain's setting is dramatic with the estuary on one side and the mountains of Easter Ross on the other. John Sutherland revised the layout, but there are still 11 of Old Tom Morris's greens in use on the 6,404 yard lay-out. It's a links course with heather and gorse while the Aldie Burn meanders through the course, starting at the 391 yard par four second. The par four 11th (Alps) has blind approach shot over two dunes to a hidden green and then there are s...
Logie House Garden has been open to the public since 1993; an interesting woodland garden with distinct areas of different conditions allow for a wide variety of planting. Rare and unusual shrubs, trees and perennials abound and many are for sale in the nearby Farm & Garden Shop at Logie Steading.
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Experience the Beauty of Scotland at the Balmacara Estate Balmacara Estate offers a diverse mix of beautiful landscapes, coastline and stunning views across to the mountains of Skye. Enjoy a stroll through the mature woodland with its 20th century underplanting, gardens and terraces combined with the natural features of the rugged coastline. Paths wind gently amongst rhododendrons and later ferns, fuchsias, bamboos and hydrangeas. There are also interesting introductions from Australia...
Ben Nevis Distillery was established in 1825 and it opened a visitor centre in 1991. The visitor centre also has a café, shop and of course, it provides guided tours.
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Explore a Stunning Scottish Garden This world-famous historic garden is one of Scotland's most popular botanical attractions. The garden is nurtured by the warm currents of the North Atlantic Drift, and is set amidst some of the country´s finest scenery. Over time a kaleidoscope of exotic plants has been cultivated, giving colour and interest throughout the year - with Chinese rhododendrons, Tasmanian eucalypts, Himalayan blue poppies, New Zealand daisy bushes, Chilean lantern-trees,...
Shieldaig Lodge is a luxury Victorian Highland retreat set in a 26,000 acre estate amongst the stunning scenery of the West Highlands nestled next to the stunning Loch Gairloch. Situated a short distance from the Highland village of Gairloch, Shieldaig Lodge retains the warm and welcoming atmosphere of its original 19th century origins. Our restaurant offers stunning panoramic waterside views, roaring log fires, snug lounges and a hand-picked whisky and gin bar. Using fresh, locally sour...
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Duisdale House Hotel's restaurant has bold interior design features which complement the grand exterior. There are two stylish eating zones to choose from both
Regarded as one of the top restaurants on The Isle of Skye and The Highlands of Scotland, The Iona Restaurant is an elegant and welcoming restaurant with a uniq
Experience the natural thrills of Killiecrankie Daredevils, nature lovers and historians all have a place at Killiecrankie. A stunning example of Scotland's awe-inspiring scenery, the River Garry is set in a breathtaking deep wooded gorge. the gorge provides the home for the UK's first purpose-built bungee platform, dubbed the Highland Fling Bungee – it's an adrenaline rush for the brave! It's a gem for local history too; head to the Visitor Centre and experience hands-on natural hi...
Former seat of the Macdonalds of Sleat, Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum is a Visit Scotland 5 Star visitor attraction, with plenty to offer all ages. There are colourful gardens, an atmospheric castle ruin, family activities and an award-winning museum telling the story of Clan Donald and the Highlands & Islands. Located a few minutes from the Armadale ferry, in beautiful south Skye.
South Chesthill Estate enjoys over 6 miles of single and double bank fishing and 32 pools on the River Lyon, one of the major Tay tributaries, which is a beautiful and varied river. Chesthill House can be booked to include salmon fishing and trout fishing and Gardener's Cottage can include trout fishing (both properties are listed on Britain's Finest).
Once a stronghold for English troops during the Jacobite rebellion, this stone built country house hotel has an enviable position on the banks of Lock Sunart. Chef Gary Phillips has the local area of Ardnamurchan as his unsurpassable natural larder. Luxurious and delicious dishes in the smartly traditional dining room with its crisp linens and polished silver might include butternut squash and Tiree brown crab risotto with seared scallop and pancetta crisp or loin of Ardnamurchan venison wit...
An iconic, white washed, Skye mansion set on the shoreline surrounded by a 9 hole golf course and a fast flowing Salmon river.
Explore the Stunning Gardens of Leith Hall Leith Hall gardens have year round interest including flowering trees and shrubs, roses, fruit, vegetables and ornamental grasses. In summer the zigzag herbaceous border and serpentine catmint border provide a dazzling display. From the top of the garden there are spectacular views of the surrounding hills. Take one of the three way marked walks through the mixed woodland and see the unique 18th century stables and an ice house.
Discover the History of Leith Hall Leith Hall is a charming and intimate Scottish family home dating back to 1650. The house offers a unique insight into the lives, loves and tragedies of the Leith-Hay family over the last four centuries. On display is an interesting variety of antique family furniture, china, artwork and tapestries. The military memorabilia is housed in an exhibition `For Crown and Country´. In the grounds there are 18th century stables and an ice house. The forma...
With roaring fires in the lounges and and views of Loch Linnhe and the Morvern mountains behind in the restaurant you will not forget you are in remote, rural S
Located in the heart of Perthshire, Action Glen is Scotland's premier adventure centre. From Aloft! tree top adventures to the new adventure park. Family fun!
Held as one of the best inland courses in Scotland, Crieff Golf Club sits in stunning Perthshire countryside, and it offers something of a retreat as well as incredible views. With a history that goes back to 1891, Crieff is well-known for the maintenance of its grounds.
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Duff House was planned by James Braid in 1910 before Alister Mackenzie redesigned it in 1923. It is a flat, beautifully manicured parkland course with little rough and big two-tiered greens. The emphasis is placed on natural beauty rather than artificial features. There are no steep hills on the undulating fairways and few blind approach shots. There is always an alternative route for those not wishing to take risks over long carries. Two feature holes are the seventh, a 460-yard par four al...
Scotland's Moray Firth teems with life and it's all on show at this fascinating aquarium! Discover hundreds of local sea creatures in exciting displays, including the unique kelp reef exhibit. Watch divers feed the fish and get hands on with seashore animals at the touch pools. Enjoy daily feeding shows, kids' quizzes, a gift shop and all day tickets.
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Discover 400 years of History at Castle Fraser, Gardens and Grounds The atmospheric baronial Castle Fraser was first constructed in 1575 and has a rich, noble and sometimes grusome history. The castle contains many Fraser family portraits, including one by Raeburn. Highlights include the Great Hall dating back to the 1400s, a library filled with family books, and the grand Worked Room featuring 18th-century embroideries. Outside, you have 140 acres of farmland to explore with woodlan...
Discover 400 years of History at Castle Fraser, Gardens and Grounds The atmospheric baronial Castle Fraser was first constructed in 1575 and has a rich, noble and sometimes grusome history. The castle contains many Fraser family portraits, including one by Raeburn. Highlights include the Great Hall dating back to the 1400s, a library filled with family books, and the grand Worked Room featuring 18th-century embroideries. Outside, you have 140 acres of farmland to explore with woodlan...
Winner of the best attraction award for the UK 2015. Enjoy the history and spectacle of Glamis Castle. Take a guided tour with one of the expert guides and soak up the atmosphere of a thousand years of history. The tours run regularly throughout the day and run on until 4:30pm. Take a stroll through our gardens maintained by the wonderful gardening team. The Walled Garden and Italian Garden are serene and beautiful and the walks along the river are very peaceful. Browse in the Gift...
Glamis Castle Gardens and Grounds provide a wealth of nature and beauty. Explore the Italian Garden, Walled Garden, Pinetum, Macbeth Trail and the Nature Trail.
Explore the Stunning Grounds at Fyvie Castle Fyvie Castle was once a royal stronghold, one of a chain of fortresses throughout medieval Scotland. The five towers are traditionally associated with the five successive families that lived there. The oldest part dates from the 13th century, and an air of mystery is created by the ghosts and legends associated with it. A rich portrait collection includes works by Batoni, Raeburn, Romney, Gainsborough, Opie and Hoppner. Also a fine collection...
Visit one of Scotland's most Beautiful Castle Fyvie Castle was once a royal stronghold, one of a chain of fortresses throughout medieval Scotland. The five towers are traditionally associated with the five successive families that lived there. The oldest part dates from the 13th century, and an air of mystery is created by the ghosts and legends associated with it. A rich portrait collection includes works by Batoni, Raeburn, Romney, Gainsborough, Opie and Hoppner. Also a fine coll...
Visit one of Scotland's most Beautiful Gardens This attractive Branklyn 2 acre garden, a haven of peace within walking distance of Perth, was developed in the early 1900s by John and Dorothy Renton with the help of seed collections from plant hunters such as Forest, Ludlow and Sheriff. Gardeners and botanists from all over the world come to this delightful rock garden and its outstanding collection of cool-climate plants, particularly dwarf rhododendrons, alpines, blue poppies, lilies ...
The Old Course at Edzell is set in 120 acres of ideal terrain. In 2001, an additional nine holes were laid out and the new course is called the West Water. Edzell is an inland course of real beauty and one of the best holes is 'Majuba', a short par three which needs a well played short iron to reach the green, which has a deceptive slope. It's three-putt territory above the hole. There's a flavour of Gleneagles, but the fairways are more tree-lined and there are a few blind shots. For valu...
Explore the Stunning Grounds of Crathes Castle Crathes Castle´s walled garden is really eight gardens, ranging from the formal to the modern. The massive yew hedges were planted as early as 1702, while the Golden Garden was introduced by the Trust in 1973. Most famous of all are the June Borders, two lavish beds of herbaceous colour with the castle itself as a backdrop. Follow one of the marked trails out into the surrounding countryside. There are woodland, farmland and freshwater hab...
Visit the Enchanting Crathes Castle A wonderful 16th century granite tower house decorated with dramatic gargoyles, overhanging turrets and little conical roofs, Crathes Castle has four storeys and an attic to explore. The stand-out features of this classic L-tower house are the lovely painted ceilings, some retained in their original form and others beautifully restored. From the oak-panelled Long Gallery on the top floor of the castle the views down below of the castle gardens and o...
Gleneages is not just for golfers, it's for gourmets too. Named after its chef (the most highly lauded in Scotland), Andrew Fairlie is probably the finest dining experience available north of the boarder. A recent refurbishment has transformed a rather grand dining room into an altogether more intimate restaurant with acres of leaf patterned beige fabric banquettes and seats. An oil painting of the chef watches over you as you tuck into the “menu degustation” that begins with Ballottine of F...
James Braid fashioned the Gleneagles Hotel King's course that opened in 1919 set in the splendour of the Perthshire hills in Scotland. It has matured into one of the best moorland lay-outs in Scotland with majestic views of the Ochil Hills, Ben Vorlich and the Trossachs. The holes blend perfectly into the landscape, the springy fairways wind through heather and gorse. Mature pines, silver birch and rowan provide natural amphitheatres on several holes. One great hole follows another through ro...
The Queen's course, like the King's designed by James Braid, opened in 1917. It passes through high ridges on the north and west sides of the estate with ditches as water hazards and measures less than 6,000 yards, par 68, from the medal tees. But it remains an enjoyable challenge in a beautiful setting where deer appear from the woods and the holes dart between moorland and woodland to greens set in pretty glades. The first nine of 3,192 yards into the prevailing South Westerly breeze can ...
The PGA Centenary Course is a modern classic, combining the best of both the Queen's and King's, created in 1993 by Jack Nicklaus, with five different tees at each hole, the championship markers spanning the 7,088 yards that will be used for the 2014 Ryder Cup. American-style, formerly known as the Monarch's, with some long walks between greens and tees, it's a big stadium course, the longest inland course in Scotland with huge undulating greens, bold bunkering and several risk and reward hol...
Inveraray Jail is a living museum and top visitor attraction where real people portray life in a 19th century prison. Free audio guides in 6 languages.
Get the most out of your stay at CLC Duchally Country Estate. Morning laps or relaxation with the family in the heated indoor swimming pool, the leisure centre is a great place to enjoy and unwind. Come for a dip in the Jacuzzi, retreat to the sauna and extend your relaxation in the spa with a massage by Brenda.
Explore one of Royal Deeside's top historic attractions at Drum Castle Drum Castle with its Garden of Historic Roses is a remarkably peaceful corner. Based in the Walled Garden, built around 1780, it is divided into four quadrants, each containing a design from one of the last four centuries together with roses from that period. The tea and floribunda roses seen today are the products of years of hybridising. Seven groups of roses are featured, from the historic Gallica group to the e...
Explore one of Royal Deeside's top historic attractions at Drum Castle The keep at Drum Castle is one of the three oldest tower houses surviving in Scotland. The original house was enlarged with the creation of a very fine Jacobean mansion in 1619 and a later addition during the reign of Queen Victoria. The castle was lived in, until 1975, for over 650 years by the Irvine family. Inside the house are an excellent collection of portraits and good Georgian furniture. The gardens were dest...
Explore one of Scotland's finest Stately Homes Haddo House was designed by William Adam for the 2nd Earl of Aberdeen in 1732, but refurbished in the 1880s. The House elegantly blends crisp Georgian architecture with sumptuous late Victorian interiors by Wright and Mansfield. On display is a superb collection of portraits by Pompeo Batoni, William Mosman and the `Castles of Aberdeenshire´ series by James Giles. Haddo is noted for its fine furniture and artwork. It also boasts a delightf...
Pitmedden Garden & Museum of Farming Life, created 1675 and in care of NTS since 1952, 6 miles of box hedging, over 30,000 bedding plants & 250 apple trees
Visit the tranquil splendour of the House of Dun and Montrose Basin Nature Reserve House of Dun is a beautiful example of Georgian Architecture, overlooking the Montrose Basin, designed and built by William Adam in 1730 for David Erskine, Lord Dun. Inside are collections of family portraits, 18th and 19th century furniture and porcelain. Also on display are examples of the embroidery of Lady Augusta, daughter of William IV. The courtyard buildings house a handloom weaving workshop. Se...
Explore the stunning Arduaine Garden Breathe in the fresh air and take a scenic stroll through Arduaine Garden, a wonderful garden tucked in the west coast of Scotland that benefits from the warming effect of the Gulf Stream (unleashing some incredible colours).The garden is home to an impressive collection of rhododendron which is truly breathtaking. Take in the colours all year round and admire the stunning azaleas, magnolias, Tibetan poppies, giant Himalayan lilies and Chatham Islan...
Monifieth Medal is the major of the two courses - the lesser is the 5,100 yard Ashludie, while 6,650 yard Medal course is used as an Open Championship qualifying venue. It is the most westerly of three renowned links on the Angus coastline, the others being Panmure and Carnoustie. The course is built over undulating links with ridge dunes covered in gorse covered and, unusually, for a links course many holes also have tree lined fairways. A tough test, it has a railway line running on one sid...
Discover the Stunning Crarae Garden Crarae Gardens stands amongst the exotic trees and shrubs, listening to the tumbling waterfalls of the burn, one could almost imagine one is in the Himalayas, rather than Argyll. The informal hillside layout of mature woody plants radiating out from the burn creates a wonderfully natural effect. The garden was created in 1912 and includes a National Collection of Nothofagus, or southern beech, as well as superb examples of acer, sorbus, eucryphia and...
Scotscraig Golf Club is the 13th oldest golf club in the world. It was established in 1817, and has been an Open Qualifier venue six times, most recently in 2010. With a mix of heathland and links holes, and superb hospitality, this is a memorable course that wins admirers easily.
Arguably the toughest links course in Britain. The Open Championship has been held here on 7 occasions, most recently in 2007. The present golf course was fashioned in 1850 by Alan Robertson of St Andrews. Gorse, broom, open ditches, pot bunkers on almost every fairway and tricky, speedy greens ruin cards and handicaps. The Barry Burn is an additional hazard over the final three holes. In the wind it is a monster off the back tees. The complementary Burnside and Buddon courses that weave arou...
Murcar Links has undergone alterations recently which has stretched the layout to 6,560 yards. Originally designed by Archie Simpson and revised by James Braid, it is located on a classic stretch of links land with massive sand dunes, undulating fairways, and is covered in whins and heather with some magnificent views across the North Sea. There can be some wicked bounces off the crumpled fairways and there are burns and the odd blind shot to contend with. The signature hole is considered to...
Explore the Stunning Grounds at Falkland Palace and Gardens Falkland Palace & Garden was designed and cultivated by Percy Cane between 1947 and 1952. There are attractive parterres, herbaceous borders, lush green lawns and many unusual bold shrubs, an orchard and huge quantities of delphiniums in June, as well as a small herb garden in the Jacobean style.
Step Back in Time at Falkland Palace and Gardens The Royal Palace of Falkland, the country residence of Stuart kings and queens, was built between 1450 and 1541. Part of the palace was burned down by Cromwell´s troops in 1654. The palace contains fine portraits of the Stuart monarchs and two sets of 17th century tapestry hangings and some rooms have been renovated to depict what life was like for the Stuarts. The Chapel Royal dates from 1633 and the Royal Tennis Court is the oldest i...
Trump International Golf Links sits on the stunning Aberdeenshire coastline, offering an exceptional level of golf for players of all abilities. With stunning natural beauty and incredible hospitality, this is very much a destination course.
A menu created by one of Scotland's best chefs, an ultra-stylish 1920's inspired dining room and one of the best locations in the country; what's not to love? Chef Martin Wishart has installed a team of his top people to re-create the style of food that has won him numerous accolades at his eponymous Edinburgh restaurant. The dishes here are all about luxurious ingredients imaginatively prepared such as langoustine ravioli, braised endive with orange, langoustine and olive oil jus or roast fi...
Commissioned by Walter Blackie, a Glasgow book publisher, The Hill House is one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's finest domestic accomplishments. Almost everything at The Hill House, from the building itself, down to the textiles, furniture and fittings, was created either by Mackintosh himself, or by his wife, the artist, Margaret Macdonald.
Experience a Wonderful Day out at Hill of Tarvit Hill of Tarvit is one of Scotland's finest Edwardian mansionhouses, replete with a splendid collection of antiques, furniture, Chinese porcelain and superb paintings by Sir Henry Raeburn, Allan Ramsay and eminent Dutch artists. Sir Robert Lorimer designed the Hill of Tarvit gardens in 1906, with formal lawns, yew hedging, flowering borders of perennials, annuals and heathers, and a sunken rose garden. The walled garden to the north con...
Experience a Wonderful Day out at Hill of Tarvit Hill of Tarvit is one of Scotland's finest Edwardian mansionhouses, replete with a splendid collection of antiques, furniture, Chinese porcelain and superb paintings by Sir Henry Raeburn, Allan Ramsay and eminent Dutch artists. Sir Robert Lorimer designed the Hill of Tarvit gardens in 1906, with formal lawns, yew hedging, flowering borders of perennials, annuals and heathers, and a sunken rose garden. The walled garden to the north con...
Explore the Benmore Botanic Garden, Argyll, Scotland Benmore Botanic Garden is in the wonderful woodland setting of the Eachaig Valley, a garden steeped in history and surrounded by dramatic scenery. Boasting a world-famous collection of magnificent conifers, flowering trees and shrubs, its 150 acres feature some of the tallest trees in Britain, including a spectacular Avenue of Giant Redwoods - these majestic giants soar over 40 metres high! With its ideal growing conditions, it is a...
Discover an amazing underwater world and take a fascinating journey from the shores of Loch Lomond to the depths of the world's oceans in 7 themed zones. Journey through the Tropical Ocean Tunnel, where you can come face-to-face with blacktip sharks and get up close to over 1,500 creatures.
Explore The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park takes spans 720 square miles and offers simply spectacular scenery in which you can do a variety of activities, from golfing and hiking to following the legend of Rob Roy. The area is to the north of Glasgow and is often known as the miniature Highlands -despite its huge size! The park, with its sparkling waters and heather-carpeted hills, sweeps from the rolling lowland landscapes of the s...
The oldest and most iconic golf course in the world. The Swilcan Bridge and Hell Bunker are recognised across the globe, yet the greatest feature of the Old Course is that despite its grand status it remains a public golf course, open to all.
Described by Allan Brown in the Sunday Times as a “charming, Tolkien-type place”, The Crinan hotel is a family-run business that lies where the Crinan Canal con
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Step Back in Time and visit Royal Burgh of Culross Culross Palace was built for Sir George Bruce between 1597 and 1611 and has original interiors with painted woodwork. On display are 17th and 18th century furniture, decorative items and a fine collection of Staffordshire and Scottish pottery. The rooms are small and feature Menel pine panelling, murals and ceiling paintings. Many of the rooms have vaulted ceilings, which were built to support the upper floors. A model 17th century ga...
Westerwood, measures 6,307 yards with a par of 71, designed by Seve Ballesteros and Dave Thomas, offers gorgeous views over the Campsie and Kilsyth Hills and is one of the most talked-about new courses in Scotland. Seve's signature hole is the Waterfall par three 15th, played from an elevated tee to a green nestling inside a 60ft rock face with the waterfall behind it. Some drainage problems are being overcome. Tricky moorland greens. A variety of fantastic holes with no two the same requ...
Set in an area carpeted with acres of beautiful parkland, the spa at Westerwood Hotel & Golf can't fail to put you at ease. Close to the bright lights of Glasgow city centre, this spa encourages you to shut off the outside world and linger – take your time in the relaxation room before and after your treatment and cosy up among snug loungers and twinkling candles, go for a refreshing dip in the pool and Jacuzzi and contemplate life in the steam and sauna rooms. Add this to an irresistible lis...
Golf on this former Open Qualifying course has been played dating back to 1846 on parts of these links with the current configuration coming into being in 1909 with input from Tom Morris. Leven Links is steeped in history not least because it is the archetypal links course. With its fine bents and fescues, its humps, bumps, hollows and ‘wispy' rough it could be well used as the very definition of a true links. As such it is to be savoured by all who play here. Leven also has the distinc...
Close to St Andrews, the ‘Home of Golf', Lundin Golf Club is renowned for the quality of its course. With a history dating back to 1868, the original Tom Morris course was redesigned in 1909, by Open Champion, James Braid.
Explore the Beautiful Gardens of Kellie Castle Take a stroll round Kellie Castle & Garden, the magical Arts & Crafts garden and enjoy the scent of old roses and the beautiful herbaceous borders. The 1 acre walled garden is set out in the 17th century manner with strong lines and dense planting, creating a sense of space. See clipped box, rose-covered trellis and enjoy woodland or meadow walks. The orchard has wall-trained fruit trees and an organically maintained vegetable garden. Loo...
Explore the Beautiful Kellie Castle and Gardens The first records of Kellie Castle date back to the 12th century, and it was restored by James Lorimer in the late 19th century. It is a very fine example of Scottish domestic architecture with its gables, towers and chimneys. Among the contents are magnificent plaster ceilings, painted panelling and furniture designed by Sir Robert Lorimer, son of James Lorimer. In 1948 the castle was purchased by the sculptor Hew Lorimer, Sir Robert´s ...
Discover Generations of Family History at House of the Binns The House of the Binns is the historic home of the Dalyells family, among them General Tam Dalyell who raised the Royal Scots Greys here in 1681. Four of the main rooms have important moulded ceilings, some of the earliest examples in Scotland. The collection of furniture mostly dates from the 18th and 19th century, also an excellent collection of family portraits and an interesting collection of porcelain. The Bible, sword a...
There's lime and vanilla mash, potato fondant and roast garlic crushed potatoes but not a chip in sight at this ironically named Glasgow stalwart. Eat upstairs, downstairs or in between on the mezannine level, but grab if you can a table in the gorgeous courtyard. A plethora of fine Scottish ingredients are used imaginatively in dishes such as Dumfriesshire rabbit, pear and pistachio nut sausage with basil cabbage or Perthshire wood pigeon wrapped in bacon served with a rich game sauce and pe...
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Hunterian Art Gallery & The Mackintosh House, Glasgow Part of the University of Glasgow's old and distinguished Hunterian Museum, The Hunterian Art Galle
The Hunterian Museum Scotland's first public museum, which opened its doors in 1807, the Hunterian Museum within Glasgow University is home to a cornucopia
Crail's Balcomie Links is set along the Fife coastline and several holes run alongside the sea and and rocky outcrops of the Firth foreshore which come into play at the second, fourth and fifth - ominously called Hell's Hole - where you must make up your mind whether to carry the beach or take the long way round. The 13th and 14th are superb and the last few holes are a test. No wonder Old Tom Morris. who designed it, described it as his favourite course. A second course, Craighead, has panor...
Walking through 22 acres of quiet woodland, mature trees give way to the soaring whitewashed front of Macdonald Houstoun House, a historic 16th century tower house made to transport you far from city life. Inside it's all fresh and modern – jump into the cool waters of the 18m pool and clear your mind of the day's baggage, or open the doors to the warming cocoons of the relaxing sauna and steam rooms. Dry yourself off and float towards the treatment rooms to experience Decleor's Aroma massage...
Discover the Beauty of Pollok House Pollok House is set in the grounds of Pollok Park, home to the Maxwell family for over 600 years. The present house, (c.1750) replaced three earlier structures and was extended in 1890. The house contains an internationally important collection of paintings, which includes works by Blake, El Greco and Murillo. Also displays of silver, period ceramics and furnishings that were collected by Sir William Maxwell. It is the home to the world famous Burrel...
With the grand city of Edinburgh and 55 acres of countryside as its neighbours, Norton House boasts one of Hand Picked Hotels’ signature spas.
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Good food and wine is the very essence of Norton House and the Chefs ensure they make use of the finest of Scotland's produce, whatever the season.
Visit Scotland's Premier Garden The Royal Botanic Garden, known locally as the `Botanics´, was established way back in 1670 and is Scotland´s premier garden. Tender plants are an important part of the Living Collections and the Glasshouses featuring Britain´s tallest Palm House, is a haven for botanical wonders in ten climate zones. Discover some of the world´s oldest plants in the Orchid & Cycad House.The world´s largest collection of vireya rhododendrons are on display in the Peat a...
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Gordon Ramsay no less is a fan of this fine dining restaurant in Edinburgh's trendy docklands area. The recently refurbished dining room is a quiet riot in shades of brown and cream making it one of Scotland's chicest addresses. The eponymous Mr Wishart's cooking is as accomplished and ambitious as you might expect from someone who has trained with some of Europe's best chefs. Precise modern French dishes lean towards classic combinations such as braised shin and short rib of beef with veal s...
Discover the History of The Georgian House The Georgian House is part of Robert Adam´s masterpiece of urban design, in Charlotte Square. It dates from 1796, when those who could afford it began to escape the cramped, squalid conditions of Edinburgh´s Old Town to settle in the fashionable New Town. The first owner was John Lamont, 18th Chief of Clan Lamont, who lived here until 1815. The beautiful collections of china, shining silver, exquisite paintings and furniture all reflect the d...
Opened by one of Edinburgh's top chefs Martin Wishart and named after Sir Walter Scott's discovery of the Scottish crown jewels (AKA the Honours of Scotland), this is the more casual sister brasserie to Wishart's eponymous flagship fine dining restaurant in nearby Leith. Even so, the smart interior of oversized mirrors, black and white tiling, shades of brown and beige wood veneers and dark brown leather chairs is well worth dressing up for, as is the luxurious French food. Meat lovers might...
Find Inspiration at Greenbank Gardens Greenbank walled garden has 30 different areas to see, demonstrating different techniques and colour combinations for the amateur gardener. Plants are well labelled and are in good condition. A former hard tennis court has been used to display ideas for disabled or infirm gardeners including raised beds and a water feature at waist height. There is also wheelchair access to the glasshouse and potting shed. Spring bulbs and shrubs fill the woodlan...
Explore the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in one of Edinburgh most remarkable buildings Built in the 1880s, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh is a visual history of Scotland from the 16th century to the present day. This story is told through portraits of the people who shaped it and were connected with it, from royals and rebels and heroes and villains to poets and philosophers, including Mary Queen of Scots, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns. Look out for w...
Scottish/Orcadian Dining at the Ba' Bar The Ba' Bar & Lounge specialises in food made with local, seasonal Scottish produce from small suppliers, and hosts relaxed but refined all-day dining, including daily afternoon tea. It offers a wide range of fine wines, craft beers, artisanal spirits and one of the most extensive rare-whisky selections in the city, with more than 70 varieties in its vintage wall cabinet. Special Events Throughout the year The Dunstane Houses has some fantastic...
Explore one of Britain's Finest Galleries The National Gallery of Scotland was opened in 1859, and houses Scotland´s greatest collection of European paintings, drawings and prints dating from the early Renaissance to the late 19th century. The collection of over 20000 items includes works by Raphael, Titian, Velazquez, Poussin, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Rubens, Turner and the Impressionists. Also on display is the national collection of Scottish art with works by Ramsay, Raeburn, Wilkie and...
Wedgwood serves inventive, modern Scottish dishes – inspired by fresh local ingredients. Chef Paul Wedgwood is a big believer in the quality of raw ingredients
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Visit one of Scotlands Finest Galleries The Queen´s Gallery, hosts a programme of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection. Exhibitions in 2006 include: Unfolding Pictures: Fans in the Royal Collection (9 Dec to 29 May 2006). This first exhibition of fans brings together over 80 examples from the early 17th century to the 1930s. Among the highlights are a leather fan said to have belonged to Charles I. Canaletto in Venice (16 June to 7 January 2007). Fourteen luminous paintings f...
Explore the Fantatsic Malleny Garden Malleny is renowned for its flamboyant plantings of old fashioned roses arranged with an eye for pleasing colour combinations. A National Collection of 19th century Shrub Roses is housed here. This 3 acre walled garden is dominated by four magnificent clipped yew trees dating from the 17th century. The herbaceous borders are especially good even in late season. Enjoy the vegetable and herb garden, the Victorian greenhouse with its bold display of co...
You are quite at your leisure to do as little or as much as you like at Crutherland House, an early 18th century hotel spa brimming with history, not far from the bright lights of Glasgow. Whether you want to go at full pelt and sweat it out in the fitness area, steam room and sauna before slipping under the soft fluffy towels on your treatment couch to experience a dose of hands-on healing, or simply lie back on a comfy lounger and sleep soundly in the relaxation room – the choice is yours. ...
Discover the secrets of this Beautiful Scottish Mansion Newhailes is a fine late 17th century house with impressive 18th century additions. The house was built in 1686 and bought by Sir David Dalrymple, of the legal and political dynasty. He was responsible for the addition of one of the most important rococo interiors in Scotland. The house contains a fine collection of paintings, portraits and furnishings. The library was built in the early 18th century, and described by Dr Samuel Jo...
A dip in the pool at the spa at Macdonald Hotel in North Berwick is worth the trip itself. With long views over the surrounding quintessential Scottish terrain towards the country's East Coast, the cool, tranquil waters provide a scenic spot to take in your beautiful location and feel your cares drift away. Feel your body sigh thanks to a relaxing massage courtesy of spa experts Elemis or Hot Lava Shell while Carita offers plenty of luscious targeted skin and body care treats to please the ke...
Explore the Beauty of Nature at Inveresk Lodge Inveresk Lodge, a hillside garden with stone walls and many unusual plants alongside carefully cultivated herbaceous borders, shrubs and old roses. The Edwardian conservatory and aviary are beautifully restored. This is truly a treat for the senses with exotic tree ferns and scented plants, and a soundtrack provided by the lively parakeets and canaries. Below the garden, a woodland walk winds through the ancient trees to the meadow pond, a...
Whether you are keen to see how the jet set went about their business supersonically or prefer getting to grips with the finer mechanisms of an RAF Nimrod, the National Museum of Flight based at historic East Fortune Airfield, sates all your aerial needs. Climb on board Concorde's Alpha Alpha to see what it was like to live the high life at 30,000 feet. This museum sets about telling the story of the history of flight and there is loads to see - the site has more than 50 complete aircraf...
Dip in the pool, soak in a bubbling spa bath, drift off in the blissful heat of the sauna… The Aqueous spa is a haven in which to escape the stresses and strain
If you enjoy the challenge of links golf, Western Gailes will test your skills to their limit. A magnificent seaside links with glorious turf and wonderful greens. It's a course that should be on every golfer's must play list. The club dates its history back to 1897 and offers a blend of the traditional and modern.
Explore a Beautiful Scottish Garden The restoration of this garden at Brodick Castle began in the early 1900s and included planting of unusual species collected by great plant hunters like George Forrest. They include plants from China, Burma, the Himalayas and America. The bog garden has a fine display of primulas together with the formal walled garden with its herbaceous borders, annuals and roses. The gardens are well worth a visit at any time of year, though especially in spring whe...
The Perfect Family Day out at Bodrick Castle, Garden and Grounds A classic Victorian Scottish baronial style estate, the castle sits grandly overlooking Brodick Bay and the Firth of Clyde with Goatfell Mountain as backdrop. The grounds alone merit a visit, with woodland trails, wildlife ponds and lovely waterfalls punctuating your day out. Inside the castle are treasures galore – period furniture, silverware, sporting trophies, porcelain and paintings set the scene. There are special ...
At The Spa at Stobo Castle, the best way to approach physical well-being is through a personal programme tailored to your individual needs. You may wish to detoxify, embark on a new fitness regime or simply relax and be rejuvenated. Working with you to construct a schedule of treatments and exercise, which meets your goals, enabling you to get the maximum benefit from your visit. Whether you are a day visitor or resident, the array of treatment options available will pose the only real quanda...
Explore the beauty of Dawyck Botanic Garden Dawyck Botanic Garden benefits from the cooler continental environment in the heart of the Scottish Borders, and from over 300 years of tree planting, truly one of the world´s finest arboreta. Gaze at exotic conifers dating back to 1680, the unique Dawyck beech, and some of the tallest trees in Britain. Find fungi, mosses and lichens in the world´s first-ever Cryptogamic Reserve for non-flowering plants. They also have an Award-winning Visi...
Dating back to the 1300s, the house at Kailzie has passed through many an aristocratic hand but it wasn't until 1962 when present owner Lady Buchan-Hepburn got to grips with the wilderness that surrounds it that the present garden you see today emerged. The garden stands at 700 feet above sea level on the south bank of the River Tweed where winters are harsh and the subsequent clever planting is mostly hardy. The Walled Garden, built in 1811, now has hardy shrub beds and old fashioned roses f...
Home to both the Scottish Grand National Festival and the Ayr Gold Cup Festival, Ayr racecourse is Scotland's only grade 1 racetrack. There's a busy schedule of fixtures throughout the year, with many events featuring live entertainment.
It might only lie 20 miles from the hustle of Edinburgh, but the Cardona Hotel Spa feels like another world altogether. Breathe in the fresh air and run free in the open countryside where optimum wellness comes with unforgettable views. Set in 200 acres of private grounds, the spa exploits its beautiful rural location to the max with panoramic vistas of the rolling hills of the Scottish borders – notable especially when you take your morning swim in the tranquil glass-fronted 18-metre pool. T...
Shiskine Golf and Tennis Club is a 12 hole links course, which sits next to Blackwaterfoot beach, on the Isle of Arran. The club also offers tennis courts and a bowling green.
Thirlestane Castle is one of the oldest and finest inhabited castles in Scotland. The 16th-century building with its distinctive rose-pink stone and fairy tale
Traquair is Scotland's oldest inhabited House dating from 1107, and lived in by the Stuart family since 1491. Originally a Royal hunting lodge, with strong Jacobean and Catholic history, there is much to see within its walls. The House also has extensive informal gardens, with the largest hedged maze in Scotland, and it's own Traquair House Brewery.
Manderston is the supreme country house of Edwardian Scotland; the swansong of its era. Manderston, as it is today, is a product of the best craftsmanship and highest domestic sophistication the Edwardian era had to offer.
The garden and landscape of Abbotsford are the creation of Sir Walter Scott, and were developed between 1811 and 1825. The landscape composition is outstanding in aesthetic, scenic and architectural terms and its association with Scott gives it exceptional national value. There are three garden areas - the Entrance Court, the Morris Garden and the Walled Kitchen Garden - as well as extensive woodlands alongside the River Tweed. Spring sees Abbotsford displaying swathes of daffodils, befo...
Abbotsford is the extraordinary home of Sir Walter Scott, the 19th century poet, novelist and ‘Great Scott' who popularised tartan, saved the Scottish banknote and rediscovered his country's Crown Jewels. From the deeply impressive entrance hall and the study where he penned some of his famous novels to the glorious formal gardens, it's a work of fabulous fantasy - a novel set in stone - which remains one of the most famous homes in the world. Scott's “conundrum castle” is where fact and f...
Visit the Stunning Culzean Castle and Country Park Set on a wonderful dramatic cliff top and a fine advert for Robert Adam architecture, Culzean Castle and Country Park is one of Scotland's most popular visitor attractions. This 242-hectare estate is a wonderland of lush woodland, rugged coastline and landscaped gardens, at the heart of which is an 18th century Scottish castle stuffed with treasures from around the world. Take time to admire the Fountain Court with its orangery and ter...
Discover the History of Culzean Castle and Country Park Set on a wonderful dramatic cliff top and a fine advert for Robert Adam architecture, Culzean Castle and Country Park is one of Scotland's most popular visitor attractions. This 242-hectare estate is a wonderland of lush woodland, rugged coastline and landscaped gardens, at the heart of which is an 18th century Scottish castle stuffed with treasures from around the world. Antique furniture and furnishings, porcelains, fine art and...
Ian & Jane bought Blackaddie in 2007 they have completely refurbished it into a fantastic 4 star restaurant with rooms offering some of the finest food around. Check Tripadvisor for the stunning reviews. Also testified by the wealth of awards they have won over the years Such as Scottish Chef of the Year 2016
Experience the tranquillity of Harmony Garden Harmony Garden is surrounded by walls and screened by trees, offering a unique sense of peace and tranquillity. Stroll across the lush green lawns and admire the herbaceous and mixed borders, the vegetable and fruit areas, and, in spring, the rich display of bulbs. The views across Melrose Abbey and Eildon Hills are magnificent.
Explore the art of Dried Flower Arranging at Priorwood Garden Priorwood Garden is a specialist centre for the craft of dried flower arranging. Most of the flowers are grown for this purpose and the colourful selection brings variety to the arrangements made here. You can also learn more about this fascinating craft as there is ongoing drying most of the time. Otherwise you can simply enjoy the blossoms, especially in spring, or pause for a summer picnic within sight of the ruins of Mel...
Mellerstain's acres of beautiful parkland were first laid out in 1725 by William Adam. The formal gardens we enjoy today were designed by Sir Reginald Blomfied in 1910, in an Italian style sympathetic to the 18th century layout. Situated to the south of the main house Blomfield planned a series of Italianate terraces with herbaceous borders; a series of three balustrade terraces leading to a sweeping lawn descending to a lake. The middle terrace is the largest, with an intricate parterre on...
Perhaps one of the country's finest stately homes, Mellerstain House enchants visitors with its architecture, its interiors and its gardens.
Paxton House is one of the finest 18th century Palladian country houses in Britain, built to the design of John Adam with a Regency extension by Robert Reid. The twelve period rooms feature Adam interiors, a fine collection of Chippendale and Trotter furniture. The Georgian kitchen has recently been restored to working order and the magnificent Picture Gallery, the largest in a Scottish country house, contains over 70 paintings from the National Galleries of Scotland. There are two exciting n...
Paxton House is one of the finest 18th century Palladian country houses in Britain, built to the design of John Adam with a Regency extension by Robert Reid. The twelve period rooms feature Adam interiors, a fine collection of Chippendale and Trotter furniture. The Georgian kitchen has recently been restored to working order and the magnificent Picture Gallery, the largest in a Scottish country house, contains over 70 paintings from the National Galleries of Scotland. There are two exciting a...
The ancestral and current home of the Duke of Roxburghe, Floors castle was built between 1721 and 1726 by Scottish architect William Adam. Open to the public for over 40 years, the stories of ten generations of the Roxburghe family are embellished by a treasure trove of furniture, tapestries, carpets and artwork.
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The ancestral and current home of the Duke of Roxburghe, Floors castle was built between 1721 and 1726 by Scottish architect William Adam. Open to the public for over 40 years, the stories of ten generations of the Roxburghe family are embellished by a treasure trove of furniture, tapestries, carpets and artwork.
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A highly coveted AA rosette for culinary excellence, there are few better places to savour the best produce from the fields, rivers and shores of the Scottish Borders than in the Riverside Restaurant. It's a place to enjoy award-winning gastronomy, and an enviable list of fine wines while drinking in the beautiful, panoramic views of the Tweed.
Trigony Garden Spa is a unique exclusive use micro spa offering a range of holistic and 100% organic treatments in the seclusion and privacy of the spa garden at Trigony House Hotel. Guests can totally relax and unwind in the Swedish wood-fired hot tub and Finnish sauna cabin, both with wonderful countryside views.
Our award winning hotel restaurant caters for those who wish to book a table in our restaurant and also guests of the hotel. In 2015 for the fifth year running Trigony House Hotel were awarded gold medals for our rustic cuisine at the Scottish Hotel Awards, as well as winning “Best Restaurant in South West Scotland” and “Best Breakfast in South-West Scotland”, which is truly something to be experienced. Our award winning rustic cuisine and informal dining complemented by a range of fine wi...
Experience the tranquillity of Lindisfarne Priory Set on a tidal island off the north east coast of England, Lindisfarne Priory has been drawing visitors to its shores for many centuries and it is not hard to see why. For Christians, it is the cradle of their religion, the burial place of St Cuthbert and a startlingly moving place to visit. For those who are not religious, it is quite simply one of the most tranquil, historic spots you could wish to spend time on. Originally home to ...
The location of Lindisfarne Castle, on Holy Island, is unsurpassable. From its Tudor origins as a stronghold to offer protection to the island to its use in Edwardian times as a retreat from the bustle of London, the Castle has been an atmospheric and intriguing location for centuries.
Dip in the pool, soak in a bubbling spa bath, drift off in the blissful heat of the sauna… The Aqueous spa is a haven in which to escape the stresses and strains of modern life, and indulge in a little ‘me-time'.
Like the master joiner from whom it takes its name, the George Runciman Restaurant is far from ordinary. With 2 AA rosettes awarded for the highest standards in cuisine and service, this is more than just another hotel restaurant.
Explore one of the Finest Gardens in Scotland Threave´s spectacular gardens have been created over the years by students of the National Trust For Scotlands´s School of Practical Gardening. The gardens are constantly evolving to suit the needs of the school but they´re open all year giving interest from season to season. In spring, however, the gardens are carpeted with over 200 varieties of daffodil complementing the spring flowering shrubs and trees. Later, you can admire succulent ...
At the end of the Solway Firth is Powfoot, one of the area's best but least well-known courses. Laid out by James Braid in 1903, it weaves its way along the Firth on undulating links before the last four holes which are almost parkland in feel. Measuring 6,255 yards, it's not long but five holes are more than 400 yards and the third which hugs the shoreline is a beauty while short seventh and the ninth are also real challenges, the ninth especially with a long carry from the tee and a tricky ...
Dating to 1796, this incredible Georgian mansion was built by James Murray, and descendants of his continued to live there until 1933, when Cally Palace was sold to the Forestry Commission. It has been a hotel since 1934. Cally Palace sits in more than 150 acres of Fleet Forest.
This 18-hole course is one of the very best parkland golf courses in Dumfries & Galloway. There is a welcoming and friendly atmosphere here, and a round on the course will be challenging as well as relaxing. There are no members and no competitions - just an excellent golf course to enjoy.
Explore an Extraordinary Victorian House and Gardens The variety and scale of Cragside´s gardens are incredible. Surrounding the house on all sides is one of the largest `hand-made´ rock gardens in Europe. In the Pinetum below, the UK´s tallest Scots Pine soars above other woodland giants. Across the Valley, the Orchard House still produces many varieties of fresh fruit. The Italianate ornamental garden with sunken ferneries and carpet bedding add to this crazy optimistic mixture. To...
Explore an Extraordinary Victorian House and Gardens Cragside, creation of Victorian inventor and landscape genius Lord Armstrong, is a garden of breathtaking drama whatever the season. Surrounding the house is one of the largest rock gardens in Europe. Beyond is a vast woodland garden where rhododendrons and azaleas reach full bloom during May and June. Soaring high above are the magnificent spires of Armstrong´s transatlantic conifer collection which provides shelter to the estate´...
Fernhill Hotel overlooks the village and harbour of Portpatrick. There are 30 en-suite bedrooms, with many enjoying the stunning views. The restaurant also boasts exceptional views and offers a daily menu, using the best local produce.
Explore the Stunning Gardens of Broughton House Broughton House and its gardens is a curious but appealing mix of Japanese and Scottish styles, set out in the early 1900s by artist E.A. Hornel. The sunken courtyard with its Japanese cherries and low level planting leads to a Japanese-inspired cottage garden. The garden also features a rose parterre, glasshouse, herbaceous borders and box hedges are well laid out to give the illusion of space. A huge rainwater tank feeds the lily poo...
Explore the Artist's Haven of Broughton House A visit to 18th century Broughton House offers an intimate insight into the former home of Glasgow Boy E A Hornel. His home is full with wonderful works that he and the other Glasgow Boys created. Plus pottery, sculpture, bronzes and period furniture and the whole house has been carefully maintained to give a real feel of what a successful artist's home was like in the early 20th century. Don't miss Hornel's library – it has well over 15,...
Southerness is set on the remote Solway Firth with panoramic views of Criffel Peak and across to the Lake District of Cumbria. Philip Mackenzie Ross laid out the course and it is considered to be his best creation. A little over 6,500 yards with a par of 69, it's a tough test with two short par fives offering realistic birdie opportunities, but there are eight par fours over 400 yards. The best holes run along the shore, starting with the eighth and the 12th and 13th are particularly good hol...
Longframlington Gardens is being created by Hazel Huddleston MCIHort – as a multi-tasking centre for horticulture plants and gardens. It offers a wonderful plac
Go glam in the country at Linden Hall's Vital Spa, a rural retreat surrounded by 450 acres of private grounds. Listen to birdsong as you take to one of the ambient treatment rooms for an expert Decleor ritual and choose from indulgent facials or exfoliating body massages. Wrap yourself in your robe and tread the hushed corridors towards the 12m pool and lounge around with a magazine in hand, or raise the temperature in the sauna room and let off some steam. For a more energetic experience, do...
Eshott Hall Restaurant, a treat for all the senses: from exquisite canapes with your pre-dinner drinks in the drawing room, through to the main event, enjoyed amid the hushed candlelight of the elegant restaurant.
Explore the Beautiful Logan Botanic Gardens Logan Botanic Garden lies at the south-western tip of Scotland, and because of the influence of the Gulf Stream, a remarkable collection of bizarre and beautiful plants flourishes outside, making this Garden a plantsman´s paradise. Wonder at the groves of eucalypts and at the Gunnera Bog in the Woodland Garden. Enjoy the brilliant blooms of southern hemisphere plants in the Walled Garden. This is a showcase for tender plants, and provides a bla...
Explore the Beautiful Wallington Garden Wallington Garden, the original formality of Sir Walter Blackett´s 18th century landscape was influenced by Capability Brown. A simple grass terrace looks out over the landscape park, shrubberies and there are woodland circuit walks with semi-formal ponds, a wildlife hide, fine conifers and rhododendrons. Inside the egg-shaped walled garden are fine glasshouses, a sculpture terrace, a system of pools and some first-class colourful cottage gardenin...
Explore the beautiful Wallington House and Gardens Wallington dates from 1688, the estate was laid out in the 18th century by Sir Walter Blackett. The interior houses very good Italian Rococo plasterwork in the main rooms and a Victorian hall painted with murals of Northumbrian scenes by William Bell Scott. On display are fine collections of ceramics, curiosities, stuffed birds, geological specimens and dolls houses. The 17th century garden has a walled garden, lawns, lakes, shrubberie...
Go Back in time and Experience the Life of a Roman Soldier at Housesteads Roman Fort on Hadrians wall Set on Hadrians wall, Housesteads Roman Fort is home to stunning panoramic views of Northumberland and a fantastic educational visitors centre. The Fort is one of twelve built by Emperor Hadrian in around 124BC and the accompanying museum is stacked with a range of objects found on the site such as flat-bottomed pottery and cooking pots. English Heritage, which operates the site, ha...
Discover the Life of Roman Solider at Chesters Fort & Museum on Hadrian's Wall Part of Hadrian's Wall and built in 122-123AD, Chesters Fort & Museum is the best-preserved Roman cavalry fort in Britain and allows visitors to explore officers' quarters and the well-preserved baths and steam room. Inside the museum there is a treasure trove of Roman items unearthed during the excavation of Hadrian's wall including the Clayton Collection of altars and sculptures.
The Belsay Hall comprises three distinct but related elements: a medieval castle that was enlarged in the early 17th century, a Greek Revival mansion that superseded it as a family residence at the beginning of the 19th century, and an outstanding garden linking the two buildings. A mix of eclectic architecture Belsay Hall is a stately home like no other, explore the great room of the ruined medieval castle on the site and clamber to the top of the tower for lovely Northumberland views. Altho...
Explore one of Britain's most Intriguing Country Mansions The Belsay Hall comprises three distinct but related elements: a medieval castle that was enlarged in the early 17th century, a Greek Revival mansion that superseded it as a family residence at the beginning of the 19th century, and an outstanding garden linking the two buildings. A mix of eclectic architecture Belsay Hall is a stately home like no other, explore the great room of the ruined medieval castle on the site and cla...
Take the lead and follow your instinct to discover "one of the top eight distilleries to visit before you die".
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Opened by the club's attached touring professional Lee Westwood in May 2011, the championship Lee Westwood Colt course at Close House is a typical, thoughtfully-designed English parkland lay-out offering a rich variety of outstanding holes through the estate of an 18th century mansion, now a splendid hotel. Individual features of the area, including a forest, Roman fort and an historic wall, have been skilfully incorporated with panoramic views over the Tyne Valley, yet just ten miles from Ne...
Discover Seaton Delaval Hall, A place of great theatre and drama Built in the early 18th century and the best example in the country of English Baroque, Seaton Delaval Hall and Gardens was created by Sir John Van Brugh who was also responsible for Castle Howard and Blenheim Palace. The house has survived terrible fires and military occupation over its 900 year history but still stands defiant, from the glorious breathtakingly beautiful Central Hall to the dark cellar network of servant...
Discover Seaton Delaval Hall, A place of great theatre and drama Admiral Delaval commissioned Sir John Vanbrugh to build the hall in 1718. The house was the home of the Delaval family who were famous for the notoriously extravagant parties they threw in the Georgian period. The Hall was damaged by fire in 1822, but successive generations of the family, particularly the late Lord Hastings, undertook extensive repairs to ensure the Hall's survival.
The FYR restaurant offers guests the ultimate dining experience. The new design has been inspired by the restaurant's Lakeland landscape, and the open fire grill brings an authentic style of cooking.
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North Lakes Hotel's spa is a haven for the senses with all guests need to feel rather special. With a renowned range of treatments using Caudalie products, guests will experience world-class delivery. With great customer care, guests will love the experience on offer.
Learn hands on at The Discovery Museum, Newcastle The Discovery Museum in Newcastle is probably most famous for its Turbinia exhibit – the first vessel to be powered by a steam turbine and dreamt up by Charles Parsons, who served his engineering apprentice at a Newcastle firm. However, this city centre gem of an attraction has much, much more to see and will keep visitors from 1 to 100 fascinated, such is the eclectic mix of exhibits, many pleasingly hands-on. Tyne and Wear was a pow...
This small but important gallery on Newcastle's New Bridge Street is home to a very impressive collection of sculpture and art and is well known for attracting some of the big hitters in historic, modern and contemporary art to the north east. The permanent collection has some fabulous 18th and 19th century paintings and world class watercolours. The pre-Raphaelite paintings are worth the trip alone. But there is contemporary work here too with Moore's Seated Woman: Thin Neck, Gaugin's The Br...
Stephenson Railway Museum is a small heritage railway that occupies the test track for the Tyne & Wear Metro. Its heritage railway is run by dedicated local volunteers, with trains running in season on Sundays and Bank Holidays and on Thursday during North Tyneside school holidays. During December weekends, the railway runs Santa Specials.
St Vincent is a small cosy wine bar, inspired by places found while traveling in France and Italy. It's the sort of place for friends to hang out and enjoy great food and great drinks.
The Broad Chare has won accolades and awards from a whole heap of judges, including the Good Food Guide 2018, Hardens Best UK Restaurants 2018 and the AA Pub Guide 2017. Taking the best of a traditional pub and blending it with modern touches, The Broad Chare offers a simple, warm gastropub experience that keeps people coming back for more.
Segedunum Roman Fort is the most excavated Roman site in the UK. It marks the beginning (or end) of the Roman Wall and the Museum was opened in June 2000.
The Shipley Art Gallery opened in 1917 with a collection of 504 paintings bequeathed by local solicitor Joseph Shipley. Since then the collection has grown to include nearly 800 paintings and collections of works on paper, decorative art and contemporary craft. The Shipley's art collections were designated as being of national importance in 1998 and include local favourite, William Irving's painting The Blaydon Races. In 1977 the Shipley began collecting contemporary art made in Britain. O...
Arbeia Roman Fort was the supply base for the troops on Hadrian's Wall. Its strategic position at the mouth of the Tyne gave advance notice of any invading troops. It is an UNESCO Heritage site.
Take a Stroll through Acorn Bank Garden Acorn Bank Garden, a pretty walled garden in Temple Sowerby, near Penrith, is home to more than 200 species of herbs plus some delightful fruit orchards. A National Trust property, this is a classic English attraction with wonderful views across Eden Valley to the Lake District - all green fields, bright yellow cereal crops and grazing sheep. Take a stroll along Crowdundle Beck (look out for wildlife scuttling across your path en route) to r...
South Shields Museum is housed in a listed building which used to be the Library. It specialises in local history and has an art gallery and small animal collection. There are both permanent and regularly-changing exhibitions.
Offering cruises on the Lake District's stunning Ullswater, Ullswater Steamers operates year round, with one of the largest heritage fleets in the world. Taking in some of the area's finest views and destinations, these cruises are a must-do for anyone visiting the Lakes.
Discover the manor house associated with the family of George Washington, first president of the USA Washington Old Hall is a delightful stone built 17th century manor house, which incorporates parts of the original medieval home of George Washington´s direct ancestors. There are displays on George Washington, and how the Hall was saved with American support. The rooms are furnished in Jacobean style with a fine collection of oil paintings, delftware and heavily carved oak furniture. ...
The Garden Spa is a luxury spa on the edge of the Lake District Our philosophy is simple; from the moment you arrive we want you to enjoy feeling totally relaxed and indulged. Whether you are spending a couple of hours, a day or a Spa break with us, you are escaping the everyday and entering a world of calm and well-being. Just like you our treatment menu is unique, with most treatments being suitable for both men and women aged 16 and over, our carefully selected product houses now inc...
Appleby Castle has its roots in Roman times and is one of the few Norman castles in the UK to have been lived in continuously since its construction. The ramparts dug in 1095, the Keep, portcullis door, inner bailey walls, round tower and great hall of this motte and bailey all form the character of this relic from medieval England.
This spectacular motte and bailey castle has been held by the Kings of England and Scotland and boasts one of the few remaining intact Norman keeps.
Diggerland Durham is one of the four Diggerland theme parks that operate in the UK. With thrill-a-minute rides and the opportunity to drive and operate real-life construction vehicles, Diggerland provides a unique day out for the whole family.
Based in the historic old courthouse, in the market place in Ambleside, this gallery occupies three floors. Having established a strong reputation for supporting high quality arts and craft workmanship, the Old Courthouse Gallery continues to represent all that is good about contemporary arts in the Lake District and the UK in general. The range of work displayed is extensive and covers multiple media - woodworking, wall art, glass, ceramics, metal sculpture and jewellery. Whether you ...
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Rothay Manor Fine Dining offers modern British cuisine, holding 3AA rosettes the restaurant offers 5 & 9 course tasting menus with vegetarian options for both.
Whether you're looking to enjoy the very best in British luxury dining or experience Pan-Asian cuisine bursting with flavour, Seaham Hall and its restaurants are amongst the most exclusive places to eat in Durham. The ever-changing menus feature only the freshest, local ingredients, while their dedicated team and fabulous location promise a unique and truly unforgettable dining experience.
Drawing inspiration from Far Eastern healing and wellness rituals, the Serenity Spa is a tranquil, calming and truly inspiring space which engages the senses and nurtures the mind, body and soul. The unparalleled facilities and comprehensive treatments will enable you to accomplish a feeling of concordance, leaving you invigorated, stimulated and content with your environment.
Discover the fascinating History of Muncaster Castle, Cumbria Muncaster Castle, home of the Pennington family since 1208, is probably built on Roman foundations. Anthony Salvin remodelled the Castle in the 1860s. The Great Hall is filled with paintings and heraldic windows, and the Octagonal Library rises to a Gothic vault. In the Dining Room, complete with restored leather wall-coverings, the family silver and an ornamental set of Derby porcelain are displayed. Florentine bronzes, fin...
Discover the fascinating History of Muncaster Castle, Cumbria Muncaster Castle and gardens described by John Ruskin as the `Gateway to Paradise´with over 70 acres of glorious gardens set around the castle, featuring plants and trees from all over the world. Spectacular, monstrously tall, early-flowering rhododendrons, camellia and azalea collections set against the dramatic backdrop of the Lake District fells. Don´t miss these in April & May, or `Bluebell Heaven´ in April. No matter ...
Brancepeth Castle has some of the finest par threes and can claim to be one of the North-East's most picturesque courses. Designed by Harry Colt and at 6,400 yards and with a par of 70 it's a sound test. The first thing you notice are the rippling fairways and the second, ninth and 10th (played in the shadow of the castle) are three of the hardest par threes around. The latter two are close to 200 yards and play across a deep ravine which weaves through the course. The clubhouse is entered t...
There are few things more welcoming that a glowing log fire in the quintessential cosy English pub and this is precisely what greets you when you enter the Rose and Crown. Once settled in one of the snug armchairs it would be very tempting not to move for the rest of the evening. However, this would mean missing the oak panelled dining room bathed in romantic candlelight and, of course, the wonderful food served there. The four course menu could start with seared king scallops with leek ris...
Discover the Story behind Beatrix Potter Discover the life of one of the worlds most beloved childrens authors at the Beatrix Potter Gallery near Ambleside where you can enjoy an exhibition of her original drawings and watercolours. The gallery also offers visitors the opportunity to learn more about Ms Potter's life outside writing – her passion for farming and conservation are showcased alongside her legacy and how it made the place we know the Lake District to be today. The building...
Established for over two decades, The Lamplighter offers a choice of dining options. On a chilly night, head for the cosy bar where you'll find the open fire blazing, or if you're in the mood for a full on gastronomic experience try the handsomely appointed high ceilinged Victorian restaurant. There's a veranda and sunken terrace for al fresco dining when the weather's agreeable too. There's a comforting feel to many of the dishes here - start with haggis bon bons, with English mustard mayon...
The Restaurant @ Applegarth Villa in Windermere, the Lake District for relaxed dining and delicious, seasonal food. Adult only so complete escapism.
There's nothing more seductive than spa-ing in scenic surroundings, and on the banks of Lake Windermere experience unforgettable downtime at Macdonald Old England Hotel. The location couldn't be more perfect: take in views over mature lawns or spot the private jetties go by on the beautiful waters. Inside the spa, cool leather lounges woo tired souls to snuggle up in ambient environs while a host of expert Elemis therapies, performed in hushed and cosseting treatment rooms, guarantee your min...
There are two restaurants at Gilpin Hotel - the acclaimed, Michelin-starred HRiSHi, and a more casual dining restaurant called Gilpin Spice. At HRiSHi, chef Hrishikesh Desai takes the very best regional produce and adds his own unique Asian twist, to create dishes with stunning flavours and textures. In Gilpin Spice, the focus is on the spice trail, with dishes influenced by food and flavours from India, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, China and the Philippines.
As the Lake District builds its reputation as an epicurean escape, Linthwaite House is proud to introduce ‘Stella', an innovative restaurant where visitors can sample locally sourced and organic produce that showcases Cumbrian fare. Food is influenced by international celebrity chef, Ritu Dalmia, and her Italian cooking.
The Lake Edge Restaurant at Storrs Hall offers a dinner menu that changes with the seasons. Storrs Hall works with dedicated local suppliers and food producers. This practice reduces food miles and ensures that you have the opportunity to enjoy the very best quality produce this beautiful region has to offer.
From its stone exterior, the Punch Bowl looks like a typical Lake District inn. Inside things are rather different. High-backed chocolate brown leather chairs, sparkling white linen and polished oak flooring give the dining room a decidedly modern feel. The menu adheres to the local/seasonal mantra, albeit it with a European twist. Begin with Cumbrian air dried ham with parmesan and rocket salad or baked Cumbrian Cheddar cheese and spring onion soufflé. Main courses might include duck breast ...
Headlam Spa is a rural retreat in the picturesque countryside of Teesdale and stands next to the superb Headlam Hall Hotel, a Jacobean mansion steeped in character. The facilities include a 14m deck-level pool with water jet feature, outdoor hydrotherapy spa pool, sun terrace, sauna, steam room, fully equipped gym, studio and 5 luxury treatmetn rooms. The design reflects the rural surroundings with a contemporary edge; earthy colours, natural stone, bespoke joinery and stunning mosaic tiles a...
Bathe in Beauty and Wellbeing Discover the sanctuary of our pool and spa, and feel your cares melt away... Lakeside is the only Aveda destination spa in England, offering a complete range of facial and body treatments to purify, nourish and revitalise. In our private treatment rooms, skilled therapists restore body and mind - leaving you renewed, refreshed and glowing with radiance. Our pool and relaxation area are visually stunning with etched glass panels of Lakeland landscapes creat...
Explore The Lake District National Park The Lake District National Park, tucked into the north west corner of England, hardly needs any introduction, such is its fame across the UK as one of the most beautiful spots in Britain. Whether you create an itinerary of activities for your holiday including everything from canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming and white water rafting or simply tie up your walking boots and set off on a random adventure, this place is hard to beat for sheer b...
Discover the Fascinating Sizergh Castle Sizergh Castle´s garden has two lakes and a superb rock garden. All this is set in a 1600 acre estate crossed by public footpaths, providing short walks from the castle to dramatic viewpoints over Morecambe Bay and the Lake District fells. The gardens and grounds are particularly amazing in spring, with spring bulbs and blossom. The National Trust´s largest limestone rock garden developed in the 1920s, is housed here in which ancient maples squat...
Discover the Fascinating Sizergh Castle The medieval Sizergh Castle has been the home of the Strickland family for over 750 years. The 14th century tower was extended in Tudor times. It has an exceptional series of oak-panelled interiors with intricately carved chimneypieces and early oak furniture, culminating in the magnificent Inlaid Chamber. On display are collections of family portraits and ceramics that have been amassed over the centuries along with recent photographs. The castl...
Built around a 13th century pele tower, Levens Hall and Gardens are to be found at the gateway to the Lake District National Park. Levens Hall is home to the world's oldest, and the largest, topiary gardens.
Levens Hall is an Elizabethan mansion, built around a 13th century Pele tower, converted into a gentleman´s residence and home of the Bagot family, containing fine panelling, plasterwork and period furniture. Also paintings by Rubens, Lely and Cuyp and antique Cordova leather wall hangings. The earliest English patchwork is on display along with Napoleonic memorabilia and other fascinating objects. The world famous topiary gardens laid out by Monsieur Beaumont in 1694, can be seen along with ...
Seaton Carew Golf Club is the 10th oldest club in England, founded in 1874. Located on a stretch of windswept land to the north of the River Tees, the course is renowned for its quick draining sandy soil and tightly mown fairways.
At the 1783 they bring fresh, locally sourced ingredients together to create a menu that combines the vision of their Chef's, with the rich history of North Yorkshire and the surrounding areas. The 1783 re-launched in 2018 with a stunning new look, new Manager, new menu and new Chef to bring high quality, authentic food to Reeth.
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Explore the Stunning Beauty of The Yorkshire Dales National Park The Yorkshire Dales National Park has outstanding scenery, a range of wildlife habitats and a rich cultural heritage. It's a special place – a fantastic outdoor arena for recreation and peaceful relaxation and a haven for wildlife. This special place is a favourite destination for walkers, cyclists, horse-riders alike and for those who want to explore the lovely villages, find out more about the Dales' booming industrial p...
Bolton Castle is one of the Country's best preserved Medieval Castles, originally built as one of the finest and most luxurious homes in the land.
The Leven Restaurant at Crathorne Hall was once the original dining room of the mansion house boasting high ceilings and wood panelling, an ideal dinner setting
A traditional white washed inn houses this award winning restaurant with rooms. Clubby leather sofas and armchairs in front of an inglenook fireplace provide a comfortable venue to peruse the menu before entering one of the two dining rooms, each with their own distinct and individual character. The kitchen's philosophy is to use the finest ingredients available, sourced locally where possible, to create simple modern British cuisine where flavour and quality are the benchmarks. Being predomi...
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Each season head chef David Sotheran creates a delicious al la carte restaurant menu using many local ingredients, from Yorkshire's abundant larder. Enjoy a fine dining experience in award-winning Chaloner's Restaurant, with traditional décor and views of the grounds and countryside, served by a friendly team delivering great service.
The Blue Lion is a former 18th-century coaching inn which now has 15 bedrooms, a restaurant and bar area. The Inn has been under the same ownership since 1990 and has received several awards over the years, including dining pub of the year and Inn of the year from The Good Pub Guide.
Explore acres of stunning woodland, run wild and free in our adventure play area or meet exotic birds and animals, no two visits to Thorp Perrow Arboretum are the same! Covering 100 acres, Thorp Perrow Arboretum boasts one of the largest collections of shrubs and trees in the North of England, including 5 National Collections.
The spa at Raithwaite Estate is Whitby's only luxury spa. Boasting four treatment rooms, a relaxation room, heated pool, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and small gym. Open to both residents and non-residents, the spa offers a variety of treatments to aid, prevent and treat a number of ailments or simply to take away the stress of a busy life. Fresh towels and robes will be provided. We have lockers which need a number code to access (no coin required). Drinking water is available by the pool and ...
Escape to the Tranquility of Rievaulx Abbey Deep in the beautiful wilderness of the North Yorkshire Moors lies the serenity of the Rievaulx Abbey. Founded in 1132, Rievaulx Abbey was the first Cistercian abbey in the north of England. The extensive ruins of the Abbey have been preserved to provide a fascinating insight into the Abbey's history. The collection includes medieval floor tiles, stone sculpture, late medieval cutlery and other finds from the abbey. With a new interactive vis...
Feversham Arms is a luxury hideaway, nestled in the heart of North Yorkshire. Perfect for you to retreat, relax, indulge and sample true Yorkshire hospitality.